The increasing popularity of online gambling has led many jurisdictions to regulate and legalize it, improving consumer protection and raising tax revenues. Although the prevalence of internet gambling is low, participation has grown quickly in regulated sites. In Australia, for example, participation in online gambling jumped from one percent in 1999 to 8.1 percent in 2011. In the United Kingdom, a survey found that 16 percent of respondents had engaged in some form of online gambling in the past four weeks.
While most states do not allow online gambling, there are some exceptions. The state of Utah does not allow online casinos and gambling, as its Mormon population is large. These residents are concerned about how gambling will affect their families. In addition, Hawaii has not legalized online gambling and has no interest in doing so. Other states are still considering legalizing online gambling, including Alaska, Hawaii, and South Dakota. Here, the debate is still ongoing. Whether or not online gambling will be legal in your state depends on your state’s laws.
There are a variety of legal jurisdictions that allow online gambling, from Delaware to Illinois. In Delaware, for example, sportsbooks and poker are only legal if people can be physically present in the casino. In Illinois, sportsbooks will be able to accept wagers made remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend will likely continue to expand. However, it will likely be some time before all states have legalized online gambling.